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We’ve all heard about Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Some teachers out there may have heard of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers . Below are our 7 habits of highly effective teachers who use technology: 1) They a lways start with the why . Technology for technology’s sake is dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools.
Google Scholar is among the best scholarly search engines online yet only a few select of educators know its secrets.As a rule of thumb that applies to all Google products, the effective use of any service from Google s can only be achieved through mastering its deep and hidden features.
I sat down this morning and began to think about how I would begin Part Two of the little mini-series I began yesterday.
Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!! | the spicy learning blogDo you want to use social media, web 2.0 tools, and/or a learning management system for your class or course program?
Billed as the biggest educational technology conference in Australia, I note with interest as I sum up the big ideas from E duTECH , that they are not about the technology. These were some of the messages from the likes of Dan Pink, Stephen Heppell, Ewan McIntosh, Alan November, Stephen Harris , Andrew Churches and Sir Ken Robinson . I ‘ll keep it brief, with links to other posts that elaborate.
Here’s another snippet of web wisdom from our Highly Innovative Educator, Joachim. As part of looking at the Google Apps project one of the side projects I have been working on is looking in to Google Chrome. With the advent of Chromebooks, a cheap and simple laptop style computer that revolves around the Chrome Browser, the importance of the functionality and features of this browser will only increase!!
I believe the 21st century education is idiosyncratic in nature. It has acquired some distinctive features that sets it apart from the kind of traditional education that was prevalent in the 20th century. Of course it does not take you long to guess the reason behind this change , digital revolution has and is still radically transforming the way learning and instruction is delivered. Even inside this technology itself there is another deep revolution going on, we no longer talk about computers ( laptops and desktops ) as being the main vehicle of the 'technologized' ( term borrowed from New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning ) instruction inside schools but there is also the emergence of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets , and they are gaining more ground in the educational sector.
With Twitter recent redesign of its mobile apps and web interface I’ve decided it’s time to update my Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter post since a lot has changed since I wrote the post in July, 2010. This post is considerably more detailed and includes topics not included in the original post — we hope this helps you get even more out of using Twitter! And since the post covers a lot of content I’ve added anchors so all you need to do is just click on a link below to quickly go to the section you want to read :
Whether you’re into New Year’s Resolutions or not, you’ve probably spent at least some time engaged in end-of-year reflection, planning, and goal setting. Considering we’re coming off a year of massive growth in the ed tech industry — and as a result, much exploration, experimentation, and sharing around teaching with tech, why not make a commitment in 2013 to improve your use of technology in the classroom? A 12-Month Plan to Master Ed Tech January—Conduct an Ed Tech Audit What technology are you already using the classroom? Whether it’s for instruction, record-keeping, or organization, do a complete inventory of what you’re using and why.
March 25, 2013 - by Tom Vander Ark Scott Hines is the president of World Education University (WEU). He’s also mayor of the city of Rancho Mirage, CA. While this may turn out to be University Mirage, you should pay attention to this business model. The college is free. Even University of the People and Open University charge for courses.
If you are a teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs.
I am a NAPLAN believer. I have heard every argument against national testing and against making the results public. Yes problems abound and some are increasing, but so far nothing has convinced me we should just stop the tests and shut down the My School website. Not even the latest research involving a survey of over 8000 teachers via two unions. (To help put it into perspective there are around 300,000 teachers in Australia.) Unlike Finland, where all schools get about the same outcomes, Australia has winners and losers in school funding and results.
As educators and leaders, we need to re-think every aspect of our professional practice to consider ‘could we be doing this better?’ Here is a brain-dump of the 6 most powerful strategies that I have used or in which have participated. 1.
These days I’m a STEM curriculum writer and advocate, but I’ll confess that each year when Middle Level Education Month rolls around, I feel an extra longing to be back in a science classroom with young adolescents elbowing their way through the door, eager to learn “stuff.” It’s a place where I spent 16 wonderful years of my professional life. Many of my middle-school students were natural scientists.
Autism has garnered much attention recently, however, despite advances in science, treatments and educational techniques, there are several common misconceptions about autistic children. We’ve looked at 5 common myths about autism and dug deep into their roots to try to reveal the truth behind these myths. Our hope is that with a greater understanding of autism, society’s perception and treatment of autistic individuals will move in a positive direction.